Forest Avenue Press sponsored “Virus Tropical” as part of the Olympia Film Festival. Stevan Allred was invited to sell books at a merch table—and his name was in lights on the marquee!
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m.
Olympia Film Festival
Sponsoring the film
January 24, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Astoria Public Library
450 10th Street
The Astoria Public Library and the Astor Library Friends Association present Library After Hours, a free series of author visits, community conversations, and musical performances that take place at the library, 450 10th Street, Astoria, after regular hours of operation.
On Friday, January 24, at 6 p.m., three authors representing independent Oregon presses–Matt Love, Nancy Slavin, and Stevan Allred–will read from their works and answer audience questions.
Love’s latest publication, Of Walking in Rain, is a 190-page work of creative nonfiction that assays the ubiquitous subject of rain in Oregon in as many ways as rain falls in Oregon.
Slavin’s novel, Moorings, follows twenty-three-year-old Anne Holloway as she journeys from the lower forty-eight to Alaska to find her biological father. While unraveling the violent truth about her family’s history, Anne’s presence precipitates break-ups, boat crashes, and unexpected storms. Ultimately, she discovers that true identity can be found within.
In Allred’s debut, A Simplified Map of the Real World, fifteen linked stories chart a true course through the lives of families, farmers, loggers, former classmates, and the occasional stripper. In the richly imagined town of Renata, Oregon, a man watches his neighbor’s big-screen TV through binoculars. An errant son paints himself silver. Mysterious electrical noises emanate from an enormous barn. A secret abortion from three decades ago gets a public airing. Intimate boundaries are loosened by divorce and death in a rural community where even an old pickle crock has an unsettling history—and high above the strife and the hope and the often hilarious, geese seek the perfect tailwind.
Robin Cody loves my book, and I love his. Robin got us this gig with Mountain Writers, and we'd love to see you there. I'll be reading from A Simplified Map of the Real World, and Robin will read something amazing about his home town, Estacada, the town that inspired my fictional town of
$5 suggested donation at the door.
Stevan's busy day concludes at this reading.
Here's a sneak peek at the lineup!
BT 6 Nov 30th 5-8pm at Crush
Michael Sage Ricci
Domi J Shoemaker
Stevan Allred (book Promo)
Monica Drake (probably)
"Natalie Serber's short story collection, Shout Her Lovely Name , is amazing," says Stevan. "She has a keen eye for the telling detail. Her stories take us into the emotional terrain of a single mom raising a daughter and trying to be her best friend at the same time. Serber brought me to tears more than once as I read these deft explorations of adolescence, of the long lost father who reappears, of a mother trying to be a parent and a woman in search of love at the same time." Both authors will read from their collections, take questions, and sign books.
I will be the featured reader at this very cool event, reading something ghostly from A Simplified Map of the Real World. A panel of writers will read their stories, and the audience will guess which stories are true, and which are fiction. The writing is excellent, and the whole thing is pretty hilarious. It's at the Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th.
Join Stevan in Gresham for the very first event in this arts oriented series. He will read "The Idjit's Guide to Intuitive Mastery of Newtonian Physics," a story that takes readers on a wild ride in a 1960 Plymouth Valiant. Wine and snacks before the reading, and Q & A and book signing to follow.
Gresham Historical Museum, 410 N. Main Avenue, Gresham, OR
Writing blogger Christi Craig will interview the author about A Simplified Map of the Real World on October 2nd.
Please note: this event has been rescheduled two hours earlier than previously announced.
Join the author and Laurie Paus, the illustrator for A Simplified Map of the Real World, for a reading and Q & A.
Join the author at the downtown Powell's for the official launch of A Simplified Map of the Real World. Stevan will read from the collection, take questions, and sign books. Chances are good that a party will break out at a bar nearby after the reading.
The Estacada Library celebrates its centennial with a program of music, speakers, and birthday cake. Stevan will be one of 3 speakers, along with Oregon State Librarian Mary Kay Dahlgreen and local favorite Kathryn Hurd. The Upriver Dulcimers will play at 11, followed by the speakers from noon to 1 p.m. There will be a trivia hunt in the library from 2 to 4. An exhibit of library history will be in the Flora Room.
The Estacada Library is located at 825 NW Wade Street, Estacada, OR 97023
A reading series at Blue Monk, 3341 SE Belmont, this edition of the Soft Show features Stevan Allred, Yuvi Zalkow, Kristen Forbes, Matthew Corum, Sunny Bleckinger, and Jacob Aiello. Comic artists Emily Randazzo, Becky Hawkins, and Eriq Nelson will produce drawings in real time of their favorite story moments from the readings, and their images will be projected when the readings are done.